Study on effect of super absorbent polymers on extending the vase life of cut flowers

A new study, conducted by the Open University of Sri Lanka, focused on introducing new media for survival of cut flowers using Super Absorbent Polymers (SAPs). SAPs are structurally cross linked, highly swollen and are hydrophilic polymer networks capable of absorbing a large amount of water or aqueous saline solutions, practically 10 to 1000 times of their original weight or volume, in relatively short periods of times. The slow release of water to the growth media allows for moisture retention, reduced watering frequency and is economical. The aim of this study was to evaluate survival of cut Chrysanthemum Instagram flowers on newly prepared survival media using three SAPs developed in Sri Lanka.

The study is conducted by T.N. Fernando, S.A. Ariadurai, A.G.B. Aruggoda, C.K. Disanayaka and S. Kulathunge.

To read the complete study, go to www.researchgate.net.


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